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Two Times the Fun!

Posted by on June 23, 2016 in fright court, recent, super secret projects | Comments Off on Two Times the Fun!

Two Times the Fun!

I’ve been sitting on this news for way too long!  But today, I finally get to share a new project:  Magic Times Two! Yep!  That’s two books in one! More to the point, Magic Times Two is two full-length novels for the price of one! Want more information? * * * Magic Times Two: Two Books for the Price of One! A Unique Duo of Humorous paranormal romances by USA Today bestselling author Mindy Klasky and award-winning author Deborah Blake. Vampires! Witches! There’s magic afoot! In Mindy Klasky’s Fright Court, Sarah Anderson has...

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V is for Vanity Publishing

Posted by on June 17, 2016 in author's alphabet, recent | Comments Off on V is for Vanity Publishing

V is for Vanity Publishing

V is for vanity publishing. Once upon a time, it was easy to spot the vanity publishers (also known as vanity presses or subsidized publishers.)  They were the ones who advertised in magazines, promising to turn an author’s brilliant prose into printed books. They hinted at magnificent fame and fortune, all there for the asking—if only an author paid a large sum of money up front. As frustrating as vanity publishing was, it was easy to warn off new authors. More experienced folks could explain, “Money flows to the author.” If a publisher...

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U is for Ugly

Posted by on June 10, 2016 in author's alphabet, recent | Comments Off on U is for Ugly

U is for Ugly

U is for Ugly. There are some ugly truths about writing, things no one wants to talk about, no one wants to admit. I’m talking about the emotions we all try to hide away. What emotions?  How about: Anxiety (or its cousins, Fear and Frustration):  Some authors fear they’ll never be able to capture the stories they see inside their heads; they fear they don’t have the skill, the ability to communicate those images. Even when an author succeeds in transmitting their vision perfectly, they often feel frustrated by their inability to write faster...

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Bundle, Bundle, Who’s Got the Bundle?

Posted by on June 8, 2016 in recent, special deals | Comments Off on Bundle, Bundle, Who’s Got the Bundle?

Bundle, Bundle, Who’s Got the Bundle?

A few years ago, someone came up with a creative new marketing idea for media: the bundle.  There are lots of variations on the idea, but here’s the basic concept: A number of items (books, apps, whatever) are pulled together by a vendor and grouped into “tiers”, which are available as electronic downloads. Buyers can buy the first tier for a price they choose, above a set minimum. (Sometimes, buyers can buy another tier if they beat the average price that has been paid by all earlier purchasers.) Buyers can buy another tier...

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T is for Traditional Publishing

Posted by on June 3, 2016 in author's alphabet, recent | 2 comments

T is for Traditional Publishing

T is for traditional publishing. Prior to around the year 2000, the adjective “traditional” wouldn’t have been necessary—publishing was publishing. There were large presses, sure, and small presses, and various publishers were known for their work in specific genres. But one major model existed: an author wrote a book and sent it to a company that published the book, creating physical copies and distributing those books to various points of sale. Despite the massive changes brought about by self-publishing, the traditional model still...

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S is for Synopsis

Posted by on May 27, 2016 in author's alphabet, recent | Comments Off on S is for Synopsis

S is for Synopsis

S is for Synopsis. After a query letter, a synopsis might be the most challenging form of writing you ever create. In common parlance, a synopsis is a summary of a book’s plot.  To the rational writer, though, a synopsis is much more. It’s a document written in paragraph form, in the present tense. Composed in third person, it tells a complete story; there are no “spoiler alerts” and no pulled punches about the plot resolution. It has one specific purpose: to sell your story. Traditionally, authors wrote synopses to get an agent (or, if they...

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A Lovely Day in Richmond

Posted by on May 17, 2016 in appearances, rational writer, recent | 2 comments

A Lovely Day in Richmond

Months and months and months ago, I received a lovely invitation from the Virginia Romance Writers chapter of RWA, asking me to speak at their monthly meeting. I made sure I had no conflicts, entered the date on my calendar, prepared some handouts specifically for the meeting… and promptly forgot all about it. Which was fine. Because my calendar worked exactly as it was supposed to, and I saw the meeting a couple of weeks before the actual date, and I followed up with my VRW contact who of course had arranged for a hotel room and who of...

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R is for Research

Posted by on May 16, 2016 in author's alphabet, recent | 2 comments

R is for Research

R is for Research. As an author, you have two basic needs for research.  First, you need to research markets, including how publishing works.  Second, you need to research specific facts for use in your books. Different strategies work best for each of these goals. Researching for your Career As an author, you owe it to yourself to conduct exhaustive and ongoing research about your career. You should understand all the key markets in your specific field, including new and emerging opportunities. This awareness will include familiarity with...

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Q is for Query

Posted by on May 6, 2016 in author's alphabet, recent | 4 comments

Q is for Query

Q is for Query. Once upon a time, nearly every published author had mastered the art of the query letter. Most authors sent query letters to agents, tracking down a representative to serve as a middleman to an editor.  Even authors who worked without agents had mastered querying those editors directly, reaching out to seek publication of their book. (Yes, a tiny fraction of authors attended a conference or knew an editor personally and pitched work verbally, without a formal query letter. But those circumstances were relatively rare.) Now,...

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Absolutely Honored

Posted by on May 3, 2016 in awards, recent | 4 comments

Absolutely Honored

So, several weeks ago, I had to make the difficult decision not to attend this year’s Washington Romance Writers annual retreat.  I had several conflicts that weekend, and the event just seemed too difficult to shoehorn in with other obligations.  Sigh. Then, I received an email from the president of WRW, telling me that the chapter was recognizing me with a career achievement award (one that’s given to recognize a member’s work, either because of quality or quantity.) The chapter wanted to know if I could join them on...

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